Tuesday, July 17
Undertakers Dixon and Flavell came in last night Roy Dixon staying with me. This morn Supt Bartlett ordered me to await arrival of Dr. Ranney Cor. from North Bay should he not arrive to have body taken out of water and put in casket. This we did Dr. Howland examined Body at my Request. We found a bruise on left temple about four inches long Evidently caused by falling on a Rock otherwise no marks of Violence on Body Dr. Howland and Undertakers advised having Body Burried. I reported to Supt Bartlett by phone and he ordered him Burried which we carried out at little cemetary at Canoe Lake Mr Martin Blecher Sr Reading the funeral service Miss Winnifred Trainor and Miss Terry went out on the evening train. About 8 PM Dr Ranney arrived and took the evidince of Mr. Edwin Colson at Joe Lake we then went to Canoe Lake and met at Martin Blechers Home where I had assembled Dr. Howland. Mr and Miss Blecher Hugh Trainor Geo Rowe and self Evedince was taken etc.
Dr. G. W. Howland qualified medical practitioner of Toronto, Ont., Sworn, Said:
I saw body of man floating in Canoe Lake Monday, July 16th, at about 10 A. M. and notified Mr. George Rowe a resident who removed body to shore. On 17th Tuesday, I examined boyd and found it to be that of a man aged about 40 years in advanced stage of decomposition, face abdomen and limbs swollen, blisters on limbs, was a bruise on right temple size of 4” long, no other sign of external marks visible on body, air issuing from mouth, some bleeding from right ear, cause of death drowning.
(Sgd.) Gordon W. Howland,
M. R. N.A.C.P.
Owen Sound Sun, July 17, 1917
TOM THOMSON LIKELY DROWNED
No Official Confirmation Yet Received but Family Fears Worst, Should Know Tonight
Relatives of Mr. Tom Thomson, the Toronto artist who has been missing since July 8th and whose canoe was found on Canoe Lake, Algonquin Park, received a telegram yesterday containing the information that he had been found. The telegram however does not state whether he is alive, or whether it is his body which has been found, but says only, “Tom found this morning.” Queries were at once sent back but at noon today no reply had been received. His relatives are hoping that Mr. Thomson is safe but they will not know until a reply to their mesage reaches them. Mr. George Thomson, a brother, who was visiting Col.and Mrs. Telford, and who went up to Algonquin Park to search for Mr. Thomson, returned on Saturday night without the slightest clue to what his brother’s fate had been, but the uncertainty will likely be settled by this evening. The family fear the worst, however, as the telephone message, received in a roundabout way this morning gives little hope, but this they will not give up until the answer to the telegram is received.
9:40am July 17, 1917
TRANSCRIPT RANGER TELEPHONE LINE JOE LAKE SHELTER HOUSE ALGONQUIN PARK HEADQUARTERS.
IT’S ROBINSON, SIR. THE CORONER DIDN’T ARRIVE ON THE THE TRAIN.
WHERE’S THOMSON NOW?
STILL IN THE WATER. THE UNDERTAKERS CAME LAST NIGHT. THEY WON’T DO ANYTHING UNTIL THEY GET THE ORDER FROM THE CORONER.
TELL THEM I GAVE THE ORDER AND TO START RIGHT AWAY. GET THAT DOCTOR ON LITTLE WAP TO INSPECT THE BODY.
GET HIM BURIED, PRONTO! TELL ROWE AND DICKSON TO DIG THE GRAVE. WE’LL PAY THEM OUT OF PETTY.
YES, SIR. WHAT ABOUT THE FUNERAL CEREMONY?
SOMEONE’S SURE TO HAVE A COMMON PRAYER BOOK. USE THAT. ASK ED COLSON.
YES, SIR. I HAVE ONE. I’D BETTER BE GETTING BACK. GOOD DAY.